“The memorandum of understanding is with the legal office at the AU (African Union)”, John Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told an online media briefing on Thursday.
The agency is a unit of the African Union.
The announcement comes within days of Moderna signing a deal with Kenya to build its first mRNA facility and a statement by South African drugmaker, Aspen, to sell, package and distribute Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.
In October, Senegal and Rwanda signed an agreement with BioNTech for the construction of its first start-to-finish factories to make mRNA vaccines in Africa.
Nkengasong said African countries should be using a combination of public health measures, vaccines, testing and other treatments namely the Pfizer, one in their efforts to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic this year.
“These molecules have a very unique role to play in a campaign to fight against this terrible pandemic,” he said.
Nkengasong expressed concern about countries where vaccination rates were still very low, which include most African countries, saying people should not be complacent as the virus still posed a grave risk.
SOURCE: AL JAZEERA AND NEWS AGENCIES